On the Picket Line (which is subtitled Strategies of Working-Class Women During the Depression) recounts how females juggled various roles and duties -- wife, mother, worker, and consumer among them. Housewives were picketing with their children by their sides, says Triece. Sometimes these women were arrested with their children. They were engaged in very coercive actions in attempts to get prices lowered and wages [increased]. The book details numerous sit-ins, walkouts, and boycotts, which Triece charts all the way to modern-day feminists. These women acted out of desperation and out of anger, she says. And then they acted out of hope -- to see what they could do as a collective.
Sat., Sept. 22, 2 p.m., 2007